Well, despite the career change, I do keep my ear to the ground for new media tools. Right now, I’m interested in Stupeflix, a really simple to use audio-slide show tool that lets you create seamless videos in Flash and for YouTube in a matter of minutes.
While Stupeflix is definitely more useful for your average user than to professional journalists (to whom I strongly recommend Soundslides), I will say that Stupeflix is quite innovative: It provides a simple and speedy API to process images, sounds, and other components into videos with relatively complex visual effects (complex for a Web app, anyway). Furthermore, the API allows users to create content and applications quickly and easily for the Web as well as Apple’s iPhone.
Lastly, the interface is so clean and simple that even a Web novice would have little trouble generating content and getting it onto YouTube.
Here’s a video I made with pictures of my new puppy. All told, it took me about 10 minutes (including interruptions).